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Events and courses

Skelton Grange offers training for teachers, nursery staff, childminders and environmental professionals for Learning Outside the Classroom.

We also run lots of events and courses for anyone to get involved in just for fun!

What we have to offer:


5th April 2014: Willow Hare workshop with Phil Bradley Fully booked

Date: Saturday, 5th April 2014   Time: 10am - 4pm  

Cost: £65 (incl VAT) per person, including tea, coffee, tools and materials.   Click here to make a booking.

Master willow weaver Phil Bradley's reputation as an excellent teacher and craftsman has made him very much in demand, so we are really pleased to welcome him back to Skelton Grange for another willow weaving and sculpture workshop! During the day you will learn to create a willow sculpture of your own.

Feedback from a previous participant ”A wonderfully creative and relaxing day in great company in a beautiful eco centre and natural environment. My willow hare now stands proudly in my garden - making me smile every morning when I look out! Thank you so much Phil and the welcoming team at Skelton Grange - when is the next course??!!

When not teaching, creating, demonstrating or weaving baskets, Phil manages and harvests his own organic willowbeds in Cumbria.

8th & 16th April 2014: School holiday bushcraft at Skelton Grange (8-12 years) Fully booked

The cost per child for the day is £20 and includes a day of outdoor environmental and bushcraft activities led by an experienced leader. The sessions will run from 10am until 4pm.

Click here to make a booking.

9th April 2014: Environmental Games and Activities

Date: Wednesday, 9th April 2014 Time: 9:30am - 4pm

Cost: £100 (plus VAT) per person, including lunch. Click here to make a booking.

The natural environment is a superb learning environment, and this practical course will give you lots of innovative ideas for games and activities which will engage and inspire children about the natural world, and will also support delivery of the national curriculum. The activities, suitable for 3-11 year olds link to loads of curriculum areas, make use of simple and easily available resources and have been tried and tested by us and children over 20 years! At the end of the day you’ll have made your own back pocket games book, ready to take your teaching outside.

14th April 2014: Introduction to Food growing -forest gardens

Monday 14th of April How to create a forest garden, and a session on transplanting and thinking about spring on the allotment.

Part of our new monthly series of training days on a Monday that are centred around skills in growing food. The sessions will be hands on and we are happy for people to share their own ideas and experiences, but complete beginners are also very welcome!

  • Please arrive from 10:00am for a cup of tea and a 10:30am start.
  • Sessions run until 3:30/4pm .
  • Tea, coffee and biscuits will be provided but please bring a packed lunch. Wear old clothes that you don't mind getting mucky, and dress for the weather.
  • The session is free to attend thanks to funding from the Big Lottery Fund's Award for All programme

16th April 2014 7pm - 9:30pm - Amphibian Survey: Toad-ally awesome

Date: Wednesday, 16th April 2014   Time: 7pm - 9:30pm

Our annual wildlife surveying programme continues with our spring amphibian surveys – timed to coincide with the breeding season for frogs, toads and newts. These are evening surveys as the work is best done by torchlight! Times may be updated nearer the event to coincide with nightfall.

  • Please arrive from at the time stated for an introductory session including amphibian identification skills
  • Wrap up warm as we will be outside and keeping still! Bring a torch if you have one, although spares will be available at the centre
  • The session is free to attend thanks to funding from the Big Lottery Fund's Award for All programme

26th April 2014: Family Bushcraft Adventure

Date: Saturday, 26th April 2014   Time: 10am - 4pm  

Want to come and join in the fun? Grown-ups and kids can come and set up camp together and spend a day in the woods, taking part in shelter building, fire lighting, woodland crafts and environmental games! We try to vary the activities as much as possible on each session, so the kids can try out new things with each visit. Past Bushcraft events have included: shelter building, fire lighting, campfire cooking, field games, hammock making, wild food walks, wood work crafts, string making, bows and arrows, stalking and tracking, pyro-carving, and charcoal making.

The cost per adult for the day is £25 and each child (aged 6-16 years) £15, and includes a day of outdoor environmental and bushcraft activities led by experienced leaders.

"The kids really enjoy their days at Bushcraft - it is great for them to have a whole day outdoors learning new skills." "It is a wonderful opportunity to try new activities in a supportive and stimulating environment. We found the leaders inspiring, and can't wait to come back!"

Click here to make a booking.

7th May 2014 7:30pm – 10pm - Amphibian Survey: Newtiful

Date: Wednesday, 7th May 2014; Time: 7:30pm - 10pm;

Our annual wildlife surveying programme continues with our spring amphibian surveys – timed to coincide with the breeding season for frogs, toads and newts. These are evening surveys as the work is best done by torchlight! Times may be updated nearer the event to coincide with nightfall.

  • Please arrive from at the time stated  for an introductory session including amphibian identification skills
  • Wrap up warm as we will be outside and keeping still! Bring a torch if you have one, although spares will be available at the centre
  • The session is free to attend thanks to funding from the Big Lottery Fund's Award for All programme

24th May 2014: Wire bird workshop with Chris Moss

Date: Saturday, 24th May 2014   Time: 10am - 4pm  

Cost: £65 (incl VAT) per person, including tea, coffee, tools and materials.   Click here to make a booking.

Having admired the work of Yorkshire wire sculptor Chris Moss at a number of exhibitions over the years, we are thrilled to welcome her to Skelton Grange Environment Centre to lead a workshop for us! During the day you will learn to create a wire sculpture of your very own such as a duck or chicken. To see examples of Chris's beautiful work, please have a look at her website www.chrismossart.co.uk

28th May 2014: School holiday bushcraft day at Skelton Grange (8-12 years)

The cost per child for the day is £20 and includes a day of outdoor environmental and bushcraft activities led by an experienced leader. The sessions will run from 10am until 4pm.

Click here to make a booking.

22nd, 23rd & 24th July 2014: School holiday bushcraft days at Skelton Grange (8-12 years)

The cost per child for the day is £20 and includes a day of outdoor environmental and bushcraft activities led by an experienced leader. The sessions will run from 10am until 4pm.
Click here to make a booking.

7th June 2014: Spoon Carving workshop with Dan Lawrence

Date: Saturday, 7th June 2014 Time: 10:00am - 16:00pm

Cost: £55 per person, including refreshments and all materials. Click here to make a booking.

A very relaxing and creative day spent in our woods round a campfire with traditional craftsman Dan Lawrence. During the day you will learn to carve a beautiful wooden spoon of your own and all materials and tools will be provided. You will need to bring your own lunch, but tea, coffee and other refreshments will be provided. You can book via eventbrite or our website where you can also check out other exciting workshops we are planning.

All proceeds will go to support the great charitable work of The Conservation Volunteers at Skelton Grange Environment Centre!

Feedback from previous courses :

"A wonderfully creative and relaxing day in great company and in a beautiful eco-centre and nature reserve environment ... When is the next course??!!"

All proceeds will go to support the great charitable work of The Conservation Volunteers at Skelton Grange Environment Centre.
 

12th July 2014: Campfire Cooking with Chris Ensor

Date: Saturday, 12th July 2014   Time: 10am - 4pm  

Cost: £55 per person, including lunch and refreshments.

Al fresco cooking at its most fun with our very own man of the woods Chris Ensor!

Join us for a hands on day spent in our woods round the fire with Chris guiding you through the art of campfire cooking.  During the day we will be preparing a variety of dishes and looking at different cooking techniques which can be utilised when out in the wilderness.

Happy times spent outdoors plus something extra special to excite the taste buds!

You can book via Eventbrite by clicking here.

All proceeds will go to support the great charitable work of The Conservation Volunteers at Skelton Grange Environment Centre!
 

28th July - 1st Aug 2014: Skelton Rangers Summer Playscheme (8-12 years)

A week-long playscheme with loads of healthy outdoor fun and games, from 9am until 5pm each day

Summer: Mon 28th July - Friday 1st August 2014

£150 for five full days - earlybird booking £130 by end of Easter holidays Monday 21st April!

Click here to make a booking.

27th Aug 2014: Into the wilderness! 2 day adventure (1 night sleepover) for 10-14 year olds

Set in beautiful private woodland near Leeds, two packed days of woodland crafts, games, campfire cooking and the opportunity to build your own shelter and sleep out in it.

Drop-off: Wednesday, 27 August 2014 at 08:00

Pick-up: Thursday, 28 August 2014 at 18:00

£75 for two days and one night.

Click here to make a booking.

11th Sept 2014: Willow Deer workshop with Phil Bradley

Date: Thursday, 11th Sept 2014   Time: 10am - 4pm

Cost: £65 (incl VAT) per person, including tea, coffee, tools and materials.   Click here to make a booking.

Master willow weaver Phil Bradley's reputation as an excellent teacher and craftsman has made him very much in demand, so we are really pleased to welcome him back to Skelton Grange for another willow weaving and sculpture workshop! During the day you will learn to create a willow sculpture of your own.

Feedback from a previous participant ”A wonderfully creative and relaxing day in great company in a beautiful eco centre and natural environment. My willow hare now stands proudly in my garden - making me smile every morning when I look out! Thank you so much Phil and the welcoming team at Skelton Grange - when is the next course??!!

When not teaching, creating, demonstrating or weaving baskets, Phil manages and harvests his own organic willowbeds in Cumbria.

 


 

Custom made courses for your school

We can design and deliver custom made courses just for your school. In the past we have run the above courses in house and have also designed courses around 'Getting the whole school gardening' and 'Getting started with outdoor learning - a mixture of practical and theory'. Courses can last a half or whole day (and can be run as twilight sessions). They can be run here at Skelton Grange or in your own school grounds. Contact us for prices and availablity.

Trainers at Skelton Grange

All our in-house trainers are all qualified primary school teachers and have enjoyed running successful environmental activities with children from Leeds schools for many, many years! They have experience of working with all ages and abilities, in lots of different settings and have a real passion and enthusiasm for working with children outdoors. In our work we are also lucky enough to meet some very inspirational people, and we have persuaded some of them to run other exciting events at Skelton Grange.

The venue

Skelton Grange Environment Centre is in South Leeds, conveniently located close to the M1 and M621, with ample free car parking available and also served by frequent buses from Leeds city centre and a cycle path. A beautiful, award winning eco-building, with many environmental features including rainwater recycling, solar panels and photo voltaic cells, the centre is located in a 2 hectare wildlife area - all fully accessible to wheelchair users. The building is also available for hire for your own events - click here for more details.